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Is the chickenpox vaccine safe?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Absolutely
The risks of the vaccine include fever, rash, and occasional discomfort.
It does not cause pneumonia or seizures. The disease can cause death, not seen at all with the shot. And with an experience of over 30 years, it does not appear to increase the risk of adult infection. These are the facts.

In brief: Absolutely
The risks of the vaccine include fever, rash, and occasional discomfort.
It does not cause pneumonia or seizures. The disease can cause death, not seen at all with the shot. And with an experience of over 30 years, it does not appear to increase the risk of adult infection. These are the facts.
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Dr. Randy Baker
Quoting from the CDC: "reports of serious adverse events after vaccination (e.g., seizures, brain infection [encephalitis], pneumonia, loss of balance (ataxia), and severe allergic reactions [anaphylaxis]) have been very rare, occurring in approximately 2.2 for every 100,000 doses given."So it is fair to say such side effects are rare, but incorrect to say it "does NOT cause pneumonia or seizures"
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
It is safe for most but no vaccine is entirely safe- it can cause fever, rash, seizures & pneumonia.
Kids who get chickenpox are immune for life. Kids vaccinated for chickenpox are at risk of catching it as an adult, when it it much more serious: chickenpox fatality in kids is 1 in 100, 000, for adults 31 in 100, 000. If relying on the vaccine you'll need boosters, but the vaccine fails in >14%.

In brief: No
It is safe for most but no vaccine is entirely safe- it can cause fever, rash, seizures & pneumonia.
Kids who get chickenpox are immune for life. Kids vaccinated for chickenpox are at risk of catching it as an adult, when it it much more serious: chickenpox fatality in kids is 1 in 100, 000, for adults 31 in 100, 000. If relying on the vaccine you'll need boosters, but the vaccine fails in >14%.
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
The chicken pox vaccine has been used in many countries for many years, and is very safe.
Children who have weakened immune systems or those with strong allergies to the vaccine's ingredients should not get the vaccine. The hope is that by getting the vaccine, children will avoid getting shingles in the future. Shingles is a recurrence with the same virus, but can cause significant permanent pain.

In brief: Yes
The chicken pox vaccine has been used in many countries for many years, and is very safe.
Children who have weakened immune systems or those with strong allergies to the vaccine's ingredients should not get the vaccine. The hope is that by getting the vaccine, children will avoid getting shingles in the future. Shingles is a recurrence with the same virus, but can cause significant permanent pain.
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Dr. Susan Lurie
Family Medicine
In brief: Yes
As with all recommended childhood vaccines, the chicken pox vaccine helps prevent such serious complications of the chicken pox virus as pneumonia, meningitis and sepsis.
It is considered safe in healthy patients, but may cause an allergic reaction in few. Because it is a live vaccine, it should not be given to pregnant women or immunocompromised patients.

In brief: Yes
As with all recommended childhood vaccines, the chicken pox vaccine helps prevent such serious complications of the chicken pox virus as pneumonia, meningitis and sepsis.
It is considered safe in healthy patients, but may cause an allergic reaction in few. Because it is a live vaccine, it should not be given to pregnant women or immunocompromised patients.
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